The Northern Colorado Plateau Network (NCPN) covers a geologically and biologically diverse region comprising 16 national parks in four western states, of which Bryce Canyon is part of. These parks contain desert grasslands, shrublands, forests, caves, large rivers, perennial streams, seeps, springs, and striking geology. Invasive species, trampling and grazing by livestock, and adjacent land-use activities are some of the most significant threats to NCPN parks. The NCPN is designing and implementing a long-term monitoring program to measure key indicators of ecological integrity, or "vital signs." Multiple monitoring efforts will help inform managers of the health of park resources and provide early detection of potential problems. These briefs describe NCPN activities at Bryce Canyon National Park.
Briefs for other parks in the Northern Colorado Plateau Network (NCPN) may be found by following this link - http://science.nature.nps.gov/im/units/ncpn/outreach.cfm
Did You Know?
Pronghorn, once roaming the plains of North America in numbers second only to Bison, can be found at Bryce Canyon National Park. They are the fastest land mammal on the continent and only the second fastest mammalian runner in the whole world, reaching speeds of up to 60 mph! More...